One of MOVA’s most important functions is to provide direct assistance to victims of crime. When a crime is committed, victims and their families are often traumatized, confused and uncertain about where to turn for help. To help alleviate these burdens, the MOVA staff offers crisis intervention, referrals to appropriate programs and service providers, and information and advocacy to help victims better understand the criminal justice system. We can also connect victims to support groups in their communities so they can talk with others who understand what they are going through.
Victim Advocacy & Assistance
MOVA staff works directly with victims of crime to provide referrals for local support, consultation, and case management for victims and their families.
MOVA works with the media, community groups and other stakeholders to educate the public about the causes, symptoms and consequences of violence, as well as what rights individuals have if they become victims of crime.
The MOVA staff is available to make presentations to groups about our agency and the criminal justice process in general, as well as on the specific needs of different victim categories, such as homicide, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, drunk driving and stalking.
In addition to general advocacy, education and support for victims of crime, MOVA offers the SAFEPLAN Program for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking seeking protection through the courts.